Deaf girls are at the center of marginalization deaf population suffers in Africa - Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation! Since 2014, we have seen and heard scary stories of sexual and domestic abuse of deaf girls. In 2015, over 71% of girls in a deaf school in Imo State Nigeria were diagnosed with Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and over 70% were sexually abused in school and at home. Just a couple of weeks ago, an alleged scandal of sexual and cult activities was revealed in a deaf school in Abuja.
Team S-DELI will train deaf girls in 9 Schools for the Deaf in Abuja, Imo and Lagos on the concept of sexual/domestic abuse and how to avoid or report it. Students will be given a chance to tell their stories or those of other deaf girls they know. Such stories will be documented for further action through the appropriate channels. Girls will also participate in our Beauty Beyond Speech Short Story Competition for the year and winners will be awarded. Training will improve on their self-esteem.
This project will be replicated to over a hundred more Schools for the Deaf in the country impacting thousands of more deaf girls. Current cases requiring investigation will be handed over to the appropriate authorities, while deaf girls with the best unique stories will earn education endowment funds for higher education, and their stories will be published on our website for wider readership.